2 years 3 months ago

As we are gearing up to celebrate the winery's 20th anniversary this fall, we want to invite you to join in the fun--send us your favorite memory of Hightower Cellars, be it opening a bottle for a birthday, attending a party, or a fun visit to the tasting room--what is the moment you realized you loved Hightower Cellars? Share your story be emailing it to, and it could be featured in our 20th anniversary celebrations!

2 years 5 months ago

We had a fantastic time at our annual Paella party this year! Thank you to chef Frank Magana and his wife Tricia for all of their amazing work! This is one of our most highly anticipated Wine Club parties, and we love pampering our members every year! If you attended our Paella party, we would love to post some pictures you took from the event on our Facebook page and here on the website! You can email your photos to Cheers! 

2 years 6 months ago

Have you ever wondered about the process it takes to get the wine you’re drinking from the vineyard and into the bottle? Does the artistry of winemaking fascinate you? Or have you thought to yourself, “How much work does it take to run a vineyard?”

In response to these questions, Tim and Kelly Hightower, the winemakers of Hightower Cellars, began hosting a series of hands-on discussions about the winemaking process out of the tasting room on March 11th. This first event covered pruning vines at the beginning of the season. Attendees joined Tim and Kelly on the vineyard as they demonstrated how to prune a vine and explained the significance of pruning to the winemaking process. Then participants got to try pruning a vine for themselves, after which the group did a barrel tasting of prior year’s wine made from the same vines.

It was a blustery day, but our attendees had a great time learning about this aspect of the winemaking process. In fact, they enjoyed pruning the vines so much that we had a hard time getting them all to come inside for our barrel tasting! Conversation and wine flowed, friendships were made, and fun was had by all.  

We are looking forward to our next Winemaker Session on April 22nd, which will cover the art of crafting a blend. Attendees will learn about flavor and textural balance in wine, as well as the unique process that Tim and Kelly go through to create their blends each year and then try making a blend themselves.

If this interests you, email with questions and to purchase tickets.

2 years 7 months ago
Compass Wines, one of the top wine shops in Washington state, has rated our Hightower Pepperbridge Vineyard 2013 Merlot one of Washington's top 10 red wines of the year, saying, "Hightower is another master of Red Mountain, so I will admit that a Walla Walla Merlot does seem a bit out of place, but 'holy grape stomp Batman,' this wine is awesome! Dark chocolate bars, a touch of herb and firm tannins.Is it possible this was made from Junior Mints? Wow!" 
4 years 4 months ago

Hightower Cellars 2012 Reserve Red, Red Mountain,: The husband-wife team of Tim and Kelly Hightower use Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain to build the foundation for their Reserve, which opens with tones of chocolate-covered pomegranate, blueberry and lilac. The hallmark of Hightower Cellars red wines is exquisite balance, and that indeed applies here as suave tannins and juicy blueberry acidity make for a long farewell.It is not red, nor is it a mountain, but “brown ridge” doesn’t sound like much of a grape growing region.

Red Mountain is a 4,040-acre bench in Washington’s eastern Yakima Valley, and in the 40 years since the first wine grapes were planted amid sand and sagebrush, Red Mountain has developed into what is arguably the most important region in Washington. It also is the state’s smallest American Viticultural Area.

Red Mountain doesn’t produce the most grapes in Washington, but it does have the reputation for growing arguably the best. And most of them are red (more than 90 percent).

On average, Red Mountain is the warmest spot in Washington. As such, the grapes never have trouble ripening. In addition, Red Mountain vineyard land is by far the most expensive in the state.

And about the name: It comes from cheatgrass that grows on the ridge and turns reddish in color each spring.

4 years 10 months ago

Doug Charles from the esteemed Compass Wines in Anacortes chose Hightower Red Mountain Reserve as one of his 12 favorite wines of the year!  Thanks Doug!

4 years 10 months ago

And no mention of Red Mountain would be complete without including two of my old favorites, Kiona Vineyards and Hightower Cellars.At Hightower Cellars, the 2012 Murray Cabernet Sauvignon (about $20) features a new label with a Celtic rose that should be on your must-try list. The wine’s delicate floral aromatics are almost perfume-like, and delicious red fruits are backed with plenty of structure and a slightly herbaceous finish.

5 years 2 months ago

... the 2010 Reserve is made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that spent 20 months in 90% new oak barrels. Loaded with notions of cedar, toast, licorice, graphite and smoked dark fruits, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness solid concentration and classic red mountain structure. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy bottles over the following 10 to 15 years.

5 years 2 months ago

Hightower Cellars is a Red Mountain favorite of mine that gets a perennial visit due in large part to the husband-and-wife owners and winemakers, Tim and Kelly Hightower. They make touring and tasting wines in this area an absolute pleasure.

The Hightowers had the foresight to buy 15 acres in this now world-famous Washington appellation in 2002. I've followed the growth of their 10 acres of estate vineyards since they were planted in 2004 and it's safe to say these have matured into some of the region's finest.

Two Hightower wines I enjoyed as of late absolutely blew me away, especially the 2010 Murray Red (about $20). Despite the Columbia Valley label designation, all of the fruit for this wine was sourced from Red Mountain vineyards.

The 2010 Murray is a delicious Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, petit verdot and cabernet franc. There's a pleasant, wet stone, mineral-like aroma - indicative of Red Mountain terroir - that leads off and follows through to the finish. In between, this overachieving red wine offers generous, mouthwatering boysenberry and blueberry flavors that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Also a pleasure to taste is the 2010 Merlot (about $25). Subtle black cherry, plum and currant flavors are complemented with a 15 percent contribution of malbec, which gives it a gentle but distinct brambly, blackberry finish. Here, the Hightowers show how attention-to-detail winemaking can result in an excellent wine despite a challenging, cooler vintage.

5 years 4 months ago

We are solid double gold here at Hightower Cellars!! All 4 of our wines that we submitted (Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah) received double golds at the Seattle Wine Awards!


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